Infographic: 24 hours of sunsets

Somewhere in the world, some lucky people are gazing at a heart-melting sunset. Right now, even as you’re staring at a computer screen, the sky is pulsating with blazing colour. (That’s when we usually have a sneaky peek at sunset pictures in Flickr…)

Check out the time (in GMT) of the most spectacular sunsets around the world in our nifty little infographic.

The gorgeous sunset, above, was captured by Peter Pearson.

Infographic: 24 hours of sunsets

No matter what time it is, somewhere in the world someone is gazing at a heart-meltingly beautiful sunset.

Check out these Cheapflights fascinating facts about sunsets:

  • Astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station are lucky enough to enjoy 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets every single day.
  • The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is so tall that you can witness the sunset from the base, jump into an elevator, whizz to the top of the world’s tallest building and then watch the sun set all over again.
  • If you want to see a sunset with lots of reds and pinks, get to a city. Or near an erupting volcano. The most dramtic sunsets occur when there are particles of dust or water swirling around. The particles will reflect light in all directions, creating a celestial light show.
  • Want a green sunset? A green flash can be seen when a part of the sun changes colour suddenly. You’ll need to be in the right place though. Pick a place with pristine air like a mountain top or beach. Oh, and you’ll probably need binoculars to witness this.
  • Sunset times change according to the day of the year, the latitude and longitude. The times you see listed on weather sites are made for sea-level horizon so if you’re at the top of a mountain don’t expect to see the sun set at the time you read.
  • A thrilling phenomenon, Manhattanhenge occurs twice a year with the full sun, and twice a year with the half sun. Generally, May and July. Manhattanhenge is when the setting sun aligns exactly with Manhattan’s grid-patterned streets. The north and south sides of the cross streets are bathed in sunlight.
  • We can see the sun set even after it has ALREADY dropped below the horizon. Yes, even as you think you’re watching the sun set, it has already set. Confused? Watch this video; it explains everything.